Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Harry Potter Christmas Feast



As requested, I'm sharing some photos from our family's 
Harry Potter Christmas Feast on Christmas Eve, 2018.
Lots of photos, so be prepared. Grab a warm 
beverage and enjoy!




Our granddaughter had a list of things to help get
ready, and she did a few things each day
 preceding Christmas Eve. She pasted
the emblems on the house banners, colored the 
labels for the Potions, mixed the potions, 
(had a grand time mixing water and food coloring!)
and helped cut and glue wings to the flying keys.
 On Christmas Eve, she was the one
to set the table and decorate each place. Pretty 
impressive for a 9 year-old, I think!




Each person got a golden snitch, made from a
foil-wrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolate, with gold 
wings (cut from a gold plastic poinsettia) hot-glued
onto the foil to create the 'wings.'




The jars of Honeydukes sweets were placed down
the center of the table, and Christmas crackers were
placed on each plate. We had a fun time popping
them, and everyone was pretty cooperative
about wearing their tissue-paper crown and
reading their jokes! Our granddaughter even made
Place Cards for each person, with their name 
and a little Harry Potter drawing on each. There
was a lightning bolt (scar) flying broom, snitch,
and a 9 3/4 sign, to name a few.




I just picked likely-looking candy to place in each 
Honeydukes candy jar. The 'Cockroach Clusters'
 were peanut-butter chocolate Munchies, 
and the 'Nougats' were Cookies and Cream
Munchies.  The acid pops are Caramel Apple suckers,
and of course the Licorice Wands were red licorice 
sticks. My daughter also made chocolate covered
pretzel 'wands,' but I didn't get a photo of her chocolate
and sprinkled goodies...they disappeared pretty
quickly!




The 'Every Flavored Beans' were just gourmet
jelly beans -- no vomit or earwax flavored beans
in this jar!  Gummy worms were 'Flobber Worms'
and plain old Salt Water Taffy.  My mom was 
delighted to discover the pink taffy was
cinnamon flavored!  Coons Candy is where I
purchased the taffy and Zots. (I buy sugar-free 
chocolates for my Mom from this delightful family-run
 candy makers every year) Zots is a candy that 
fizzes in the mouth, so that's why I chose it for 
the 'Fizzing Whizbees'.  No levitation occurred,
however!  I refrained from buying the actual 
Ants in a sucker, or the crunchy 
crickets that Coons Candy sold! 

One nice thing for the feast
 was being able to re-use many of the 
various-shaped glass jars and bottles that
we had used as decor at our daughter's wedding!




The potions lined up on the kitchen counter, in
front of the row of candles. I had a lot of tapers in
holders, but forgot to light them before dinner!
The mad rush to get everything ready, you know.




The granddaughter colored these labels, and chose
what to put in each bottle. She had fun choosing
the colors for the contents.




She used scraps of silk flower leaves in the jar of
Gillyweed, and the Mermaid tears had black glitter
in the colored liquid. (black glitter being the only 
color I had, leftover from Halloween!)




Golden Snitches are the magical flying balls that are
the object of the game Quidditch. Young wizards fly
around the Quidditch pitch trying to catch the Snitch
to win the game. There's more to it than that, but
I'll spare you the complicated details!




We had fairly normal food for our feast which included
roast beef, turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy,
green beans, a relish tray, and sausage, cheese,
and crackers. Pecan pie is the granddaughter's 
favorite, so it definitely had to be on the menu,
along with Treacle Tart.




In the Harry Potter books, Treacle Tart was said to 
be Harry's favorite dessert. This is my second try, and
I must say I am rubbish at the topping! I couldn't 
manage the lattice crust, so I tried to do Harry's
round glasses frames and the lightening bolt.
There's a star thrown on there too, and even though
it looks very messy, it tasted very good. I was careful
not to overwork the crust this time, and it was more
tender. We don't have Golden Syrup where I live,
and instead of ordering it online (which is a bit 
pricey) I used Karo syrup, a tablespoon of molasses,
and a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar in the
lemony filling. Tasted quite good if I do say so
myself.  Just gotta work on that topping, or
leave it off completely!



The Hogwarts Wizarding School
House Banners: Hufflepuff, Gryffindor,
Slytherin and Ravenclaw. Just drawn
and cut from cardstock. I used images from 
the internet to draw from. The Grandkids decided
to hang them from the curtains. Please 
excuse my dust!





Flying keys were hung from the 
kitchen/living room pass-through.
Flying keys were one of the challenges that had
to be solved in order to reach The Sorcerer's Stone,
in the first Harry Potter book.




View from the kitchen, candles lit, Potions behind
the array of food. This only shows the desserts,
cheese and relish tray. I didn't get a shot of the
main courses, (buffet style on top
of the stove) as we wanted to eat it while it
was still warm! I don't know how my mom 
has successfully done all those family dinners
for 30 plus years, and get everything done at the
right time! My son helped a lot with the cooking,
so that was key to getting it all done. Oh, and
we had the stuff to make Butterbeer (Creme
soda and ice cream floats) but everyone
was too full!  The grandson did enjoy the 
Pumpkin Juice. (actually apple juice, orange
juice, a few tablespoons of pumpkin, and 
pumpkin pie spice)


Linking up with Elizabeth's T Tuesday blog post,
and hoping my Potions will 'count' as a 
beverage reference. In case you want to be able
to breathe under water, you can have some
Gillyweed!


Happy New Year 2019!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Planner Mash Up



It's a bit of a 'mash-up' today, of Planner
Pages that I've been decorating.  Above, is
the evidence of a more traditional style
planner that is dedicated to Harry Potter
style decorations.  I know, I know. You'd be
surprised how many adults out there are
obsessed. Anyway, I've had the bright
idea to have a 'Harry Potter feast' for our
grandkids this year, and fear I've bitten off
more than I can chew, as the saying goes!




A 'Hufflepuff' themed spread for the week of
Dec. 3-9. Hufflepuff is one of the Wizarding
Houses in the Harry Potter series of books.
Students in the imaginary wizarding school are
divided into Houses for living and educational
purposes. (There are some similarities to
 college fraternities or sororities, but the Houses
are co-ed with separate sleeping quarters.)




Sharing a few highlights today, since I've 
been so remiss in posting.




A few of the October drawings are
some of my favorites...








As we near the end of the year, it gets 
more difficult to write in my Hobonichi, as 
it has gotten quite chunky, and more difficult
to scan or photograph!  It's grown to 
about 2 1/4 inches in thickness.  Maybe
a few too many added layers of
collage?!



The December monthly pages in this mini
Happy Planner depict the impending Christmas
feast.  I even bought Christmas crackers this
year, which is a first.  Hope they have a nice
pop!  Click on the image, to see details of
the gold gnome in a tutu!




I don't make Christmas Cake myself, but my
son makes fruitcake, so we will have that for
Christmas Eve dinner. I also wanted to make
Treacle Tart, but the granddaughter wants
pecan pie, so we will see if it all gets done.
I made a treacle tart at Thanksgiving, (I just
used Karo syrup and the suggested lemon 
juice) as a kind of practice run, and
 thought that the cookie-like crust 
was a bit tough. Did I knead it too much?
Add too much flour?  Leave me your advise
please! 


Linking up for T Tuesday over at 
Altered Book Lover's blog, where we share
our beverage-related posts on Tuesdays.
Stop by to join in, or just visit!  My 
beverage drawings are hidden on some
of these pages. I think I counted six coffee
cups...did I miss any?

Thanks for stopping by...leave me a 
comment and give me your advice on 
making a more tender tart crust!



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Fantastic Month



Celebrating Fantastic Beasts for the
month of November




since the movie 'Crimes of Grindelwald'
is out this month.




Having fun drawing lots of 
magical beasts...




a photo-heavy post, because it's
been so long since I last updated this blog.
You've been warned...




One of my favorite characters,
Dobby, the House Elf.








The Hobonichi is getting more difficult to
write in, (and to scan) since the thickness of
the journal is causing a serious curve near
the spine. The binding holds up wonderfully
despite the bulk, but I am now being careful
to not write or draw in that area.  Some folks get
 so excited to begin working in their
 new planners, but I feel a little
 sad to leave this "old friend" behind. It
will go on the bookshelf for looking at from
time to time.




Some might maintain that all felines
can detect suspicious or untrustworthy
people...




I have many favorites from the 
Fantastic Beasts movies, but the Niffler
is so fun! I'm attracted to shiny things too...
just sayin'...













The twiggy little Bowtruckle is
so adorable. He looks fragile, but I 
have a feeling he's tougher than
he looks!





Wouldn't we all love to be able to 
become invisible when the need arose?!

Wishing you all a wonderful and 
blessed Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tales of Camping


Just returned from a short
camping trip to visit
Son and Family...
(click on any image to enlarge)



we are getting to be physically
challenged by sleeping on
air mattresses in a tent!






A peaceful campsite by a river
makes all the effort worth it. Plus
good times with family!






I've been enjoying making Fall
doodles in my Hobonichi...
My daily pages do 'double duty'
as participation in iHanna's
"365 somethings 2018"
daily art project.



Linking up with the T party



P.S.  It ended up that our tent was relatively
dry when we packed up. There's usually
a bit of dampness from the dew, which is
fine. Sopping wet, not so good. This 
time we didn't have to set the
tent back up to dry when
we got home!